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January 2018

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Master storytellers are open and authentic. We, in turn, open to them; we connect. The St. Lawrence String Quartet is a master, as noted by Alex Ross of The New Yorker: “The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.” Established in Toronto in 1989, the SLSQ has won numerous awards at international competitions, and earned Grammy nominations and Juno…

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February 2018

Schubert Ensemble

Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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In its 34 years, the Schubert Ensemble has become renowned as a proponent of music for piano and strings. Yes, the Ensemble’s repertoire includes Schubert, but it also includes virtually every major work for piano quartet. Among its more than 30 acclaimed CDs the Dvořák disc and the more recent of two Ensecu discs for Chandos were selected as Recording of the Month by BBC Music Magazine. Good storytellers seek new tales to expand their repertoire; the Schubert Ensemble has…

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March 2018

Jerusalem Quartet

Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Storytellers make words speak. They also know that beyond the words they speak, their delivery is crucial. The Jerusalem Quartet has certainly mastered its delivery. Since 1996, this Israeli ensemble has been ‘making strings speak’ on prominent concert stages throughout the US and Europe. Its goal, however, extends far beyond this: to achieve, it says, “perfection of sound.” The Quartet may never achieve this goal, but it’s certainly getting close. “An absolute triumph,” says BBC Music Magazine. “Their playing has…

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April 2018

Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw, soprano

Sunday, April 29, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Some musical stories have texts, and soprano Dawn Upshaw joins the Brentano Quartet to sing them. “You couldn’t tear your eyes away from Upshaw’s presentation as she inhabited the moods and characters of these poetic texts,” wrote the Cincinnati Enquirer, “She was an involved storyteller, bringing meaning to each word of text.” The Brentano Quartet sings with strings, and is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved.” “These players could well be the best of…

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